Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Steve Jolliffe - The Japanese Way (1988)

The Japanese Way is an ethno-ambient set from Steve Jolliffe. He combines electronic, acoustic, and native influences to create "atmospheres [that reflect] contemporary lifestyles." If the title does not give it away, the music will. Jolliffe is referring, of course, to the traditional Japanese lifestyle. He uses various flutes, saxophone, and stringed instruments to balance his synths and keyboards.
The music is relaxing and atmospheric!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Steve Jolliffe - Beyond The Dream (1984)

A native of Britain, Steve Jolliffe has been an active keyboardist, flutist and saxophonist for over 35 years. His career started in 1967, when he met Rick Davies and formed a group called The Joint, which, after Steve left, evolved into Supertramp. Jolliffe's interest in classical music led him to the "Berlin High School for Music" in 1969. He was the first student accepted there who didn't have the ability to read music. And while at the school, he met Edgar Froese, and together with Klaus Schulze toured Germany as one of the earliest incarnations of Tangerine Dream. 
"Beyond The Dream" has elements of progressive rock, ambient, electronic and jazz rock music. A very artistic album with lots of variety.
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K. Schulze & P. Namlook - The Dark Side Of The Moog (1994)

The noteworthy first meeting of '70s space hero Klaus Schülze and his '90s inheritor Pete Namlook, Dark Side of the Moog is an hour-long journey into vintage space territory, quite similar to Schülze classics Timewind or Moondawn, perhaps because he was using analogue synthesizers for the first time in many years.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ron Boots & Synth.nl - Refuge En Verre (2010)

This is the first collaborative project of two Dutch electronic artists Ron Boots and Michel van Osenbruggen aka Synth.nl. The album was made when the Boots and Osenbruggen families rented a house in the Belgian Ardennes for a weekend. Ron and Michel brought along a synthesizer and a laptop and jammed together. The majority of the tracks have relaxing rhythms and Vangelis-like melodies. Every track forms a picture and a story and the result is a very colourful musical journey.